On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB 1186) which implemented a $1 state mandated fee from all local businesses. The primary intent of SB 1186 is to limit the liability of businesses against lawsuits under the American Disability Act (ADA). Beginning on January 1, 2013 the City of Pasadena will charge an additional $1 fee to all local businesses including rental properties, out-of-town businesses, home-based businesses, contractors, exempt businesses, and non-profits. To find out more information regarding this bill visit the websites below:
• The Division of the State Architect: www.dgs.ca.gov/dsa/Home.aspx
• California Commission of Disability Access: www.ccda.ca.gov
What does this mean for Pasadena Enterprise Zone Businesses? As many Pasadena businesses may be aware, the Pasadena Enterprise Zone does offer local fee waivers to certain businesses within the Zone’s boundaries. However, the state mandated fee cannot be waived. Therefore, even those exempt businesses will begin to see the $1 fee on their business license renewal forms beginning January 1, 2013.
As a general rule, all Pasadena businesses that receive a business license renewal must complete the contact information area, follow all posted directions on the renewal statements, and send the completed forms back to the City of Pasadena Business License Department. Please don’t forget this very important step.
For more information or questions regarding your business license statements, please contact Business License at (626) 744-4166. For information or questions regarding the Pasadena Enterprise Zone Program, contact Melissa Alva at (626) 744-7347.